As of last Friday, it’s official: Skill-based hiring practices are the new normal at the nation’s largest employer (the federal government). On June 26, President Trump signed an executive order implementing “merit-based reforms that will replace degree-based hiring with skills- and competency-based hiring.” In this post, we’ll consider what this means for higher education and how a common skills language can help connect students, educators, and employers.
As COVID-19 accelerates the shift towards education that is skill-specific and work-relevant, institutions that adapt to the evolving needs and preferences of learners will have the best chance of maintaining strong enrollment. That’s why we created SkillsMatch. In this webinar, Emsi product manager, Lendl Meyer demonstrates how institutions can use SkillsMatch to engage current and prospective learners with skill-based recommendations for education and work.
Recent survey data from Strada Education Network demonstrates that Americans increasingly prioritize education that is skill-specific and work-relevant. In this period of disruptive transformation, institutions that adapt to these evolving trends will have the best chance of maintaining strong enrollment. That’s why we created SkillsMatch – a powerful new way to help lifelong learners identify and fill skill gaps so they can achieve their goals.
We’re pleased to announce Emsi’s Resume Optimizer: a new skills-based prototype that will help people improve their resumes as they apply for new jobs. Now you can write clear, compelling resumes that feature the skills and competencies that employers value. What skills do you have? What skills are employers looking for? And which skills should you feature on your resume? Resume Optimizer answers all these.
Both employers and job seekers want to be efficient in the hiring process, and skills data helps them do it. With a clearer definition of a job, the needs of employers and the abilities of workers can be better matched in the job market. Furthermore, the likely transitions of workers and the education needed to make those transitions become clearer when using skills.
Skills provide a new way of looking at a community, adding more context and nuance for better decision making. Over the next few weeks we’re examining the basics of how skills data provides new insights into a region’s labor market. To kick things off, we’re looking at how skills provide a new understanding of a job.